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St. Patricks Day at home 2021

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Although the holiday cannot be celebrated in the streets of Ireland this year, we have chosen some fun activities for the family to enjoy on March 17th. How can I have a parade at home? Although we won’t be able to attend parades this year, there is still a live stream…

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Mindfulness for Children

Mindfulness for children is something that has become increasingly important in the last year due to pandemic. Children have experienced increased anxiety levels with schools closed and the lack of interaction with other children. Mindfulness is closely linked to your senses and is about learning to focus on the present. Improving a child’s attention and…

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Life as a Nanny

What is life like as a nanny or childminder? Being a nanny or childminder is very rewarding. Although the hours are often long, the days go by very quickly as every day is varied and there is always lots of fun to be had and errands to do. You become a  huge part of the…

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Tips for choosing the right family to work with as a nanny

How to choose the right family to work with? Choosing the right family to work for is so important as a childminder or nanny. Nanny jobs vary hugely – some are sole charge, others are shared care, some are live in, others live out. You have to decide what type of nanny job you would…

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Top 5 relaxation activities for the whole Family

In the time of the coronavirus pandemic, getting out of the house is difficult and finding some relaxation away from the kids is even harder! You can’t always find a period in your schedule for some alone time to recoup. Most of us are working remotely and as parents, we struggle to maintain serenity and…

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Everything You Need to Know About Employing a Childminder or Nanny

Everything parents need to know when employing a childminder or nanny We were delighted to be asked by Rollercoaster.ie to share the important information that parents need to know when employing a childminder or nanny.  Finding suitable childcare can be difficult and stressful. Once the search itself is over and parents have found a great…

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Home-schooling

As we face another month of home-schooling the prospect can seem daunting. Some schools seem to be a lot more prepared this time by providing a full daily schedule of online learning however not all schools are. COVID-19 really has turned our lives upside down and trying to juggle work, childcare and home-schooling is not…

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What is a nanny?

What is a Nanny? A nanny cares for and minds children within a family and works in the family home. They are entitled to at least minimum wage per hour, depending on experience and qualifications. Usual nanny requirements include the care of anything relating to the children, such as feeding them, cleaning up after them,…

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What is a childminder?

What is a childminder? A childminder is a person who minds children in the childminder’s own home. Childminders are self-employed, agree their own terms, fees and conditions with parents, and are responsible for their own tax and PRSI arrangements. Childminding in Ireland is becoming increasingly more popular as an alternative to the traditional creche environment….

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What is the difference between a childminder and a nanny

It’s important to distinguish the difference between a nanny and a childminder. It’s a topic that causes endless confusion, especially on social media. Ultimately their overall function remains the same, regardless of the title. Childminders and nannies are tasked with looking after and supervising children in a safe and healthy way.   Childminder: A childminder…

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